As of 24 January, the World Health Organization (WHO) still has not declared the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak to be a global emergency, though this could change in the coming days as the situation grows more serious. China has locked down several more cities in Hubei, effectively quarantining the entire province.What we know:
- Over 850 confirmed cases worldwide
- At least 26 deaths, all in China
- New cases confirmed in Singapore & Vietnam
In a major escalation, Chinese authorities have effectively quarantined the following cities in Hubei province by locking down airports, buses, trains, metros, and long-distance travel:
In addition, the Chinese government has canceled all Lunar New Year celebrations in Beijing and both Hong Kong and Macau are suspending official Lunar New Year festivities.
While there are no changes to official travel guidelines to China on the whole or other parts of Asia, Global Guardian recommends the following:
- Avoid all travel to Hubei province as it is under lockdown by Chinese authorities.
- Practice advanced careful hygiene measures, including frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
- Wear a face mask in public if traveling in Chinese cities with reported infections.
The 2019-nCoV has no known cure or vaccine and has spread to multiple countries since it was first reported in the city of Wuhan. While the Chinese government has taken significant steps to stop the spread of the virus, it is likely to get worse before getting better.
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